Heitkamp, Cramer talk to NDASCD about trade, farm bill

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., were in Bismarck this morning talking to farmers and ranchers about trade deals and the upcoming farm bill.

They spoke at the North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts annual meeting.

Both expressed concerns about the United States pulling out of NAFTA and TPP, which they say will eliminate exports markets for producers.

For the farm bill, Cramer says there needs to be changes to how data is collected for the ARC and PLC programs.

“The NAS data that ARC uses is hard to come by. It requires farmers to fill out a lot of paperwork. So my goal is to introduce and pass a bill that reconciles the data piece of it,” said Cramer.

In January, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to renegotiate the terms of NAFTA.